Great Wilderness partners closely with Masagaral Biological Reserve and Research Station located in the Llanos of Venezuela in the common mission to conserve and preserve threatened tropical forest and its ecosystems while improving standards of living in rural communities. GW is dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity and works with local people to protect natural resources and develop sustainable ways of living.
The Orinoco Crocodile, Crocodilus intermedius, is recognized as one of the world's 12 most endangered animals (SSC 1985). During 1920 - 1950, the Orinoco corocodile was hunted to near extinction in Colombia and Venezuela. Since 1984, the Fundo Pecuario Masaguaral mantains a captive breeding and reintroduction center for the Orinoco crocodile. The current goal of the this project are:
Facilities at the breeding center consist of a dormitorio/laboratory building, four 25 m. x 25 m crocodile breeding pens, a large (80 m. x 25 m) natural enclosure for the adults Caimans, seven concrete hatching pens and a food preparation and autopsy shed. Water for the concrete tanks is provided by a windmill with a capacity of 10,000 liter water store system.
Great Wilderness and Masaguaral are receiving applications to volunteer in the Orinoco Cocrodile Project.
1. Assist in the care and maintenance of endangered Orinoco Crocodile. Interns will be responsible for understanding the specific needs of all enclosed individual within their captive environment.
2. Assist in wildlife interpretative tasks for Masaguaral visitors and tour groups e.g. handling and exhibiting a young crocodile to visitor while relating its life history, present conservation status and answering questions about the specimen.
3. Be involved in ongoing wildlife conservation programs at the HM such as the forpus project, caiman breeding center, monitoring, reintroduction program, etc.
4. Contribute to exhibit design and enrichment; this includes the betterment of animal enclosures, enhancement of viewer experiences and visitor, enhancement of activities and positive enrichment for the crocodile center, improvement of the environment for the animals and landscaping of trails, paths and signs within the hato masaguaral.
5. Assist the HMs manager with daily activities at the Hato.
Interns will be expected to:
1. Be actively involved in introducing visiting school groups to the caiman breeding center and Hato Masaguaral i.e. the Masaguarals mission and objectives as well as its importance and specific function towards the conservation of ecosystems, and to help in the development of posters, signs and slogans promoting the conservation and protection of endangered caiman del Orinoco.
2. Help in delivering and developing environmental education and awareness lessons to visiting school groups to the hato and caiman center, and to participate in the brainstorming of ideas to better educate the local and international community about the importance of the masaguaral for the conservation and development of stewardship in the local and international community.
3. Participate in community outreach programs currently being held by the Hato Masaguaral and caiman center.
Interns will be responsible for:
Hato Masaguaral will be responsible to:
Duration of Internship:
The internship program is designed for no less than three months; however, the time can be extended based on the interests and needs of the intern. (See video)
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